Members of the Mahoning County Junior Fair Board are preparing for the 2014 Canfield Fair.
JFB members should be age 15 or older and a member of either 4-H, Grange, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, Farm Bureau or Campfire USA. This year new members were welcomed to JFB at the December meeting where a presentation was given on the constitution of the JFB.
Duties of JFB members throughout the year include, preparing the grounds for fair week and promoting the Mahoning County Junior Fair. During the Canfield Fair members will assist in set-up, tear down and the running of various activities and judging.
Photo special to the Town Crier
The Mahoning County Junior Fair Board attended the 89th Annual Ohio Fair Managers Convention on Jan. 11. JFB members pictured are: Alyssa Armstrong, Sarah Baird, Tanner Balsinger, Anngel Benson, Hanna Bond, Natalie DelSignore, Mercedez Dreas, Solomon Driscoll, Samantha Eisenbraun, Joe Fagnano, Monica Gross, Emily Henderson, Nathan Kalinay, Matt Kello, Brittany Krcelic, Sam Kulifay, Brittaney Maker, Cathy McCracken, Logan Moff, Tyler Moff, Katie Prosser, Renee Reisner, Karl Reph, Addison Richards, Isabella Ricottilli, Elizabeth Schemetti, Brittany Siembieda, Emily Smith, Levi Smith, Celeste Snyder, Hailey Snyder, Eryn Styka, Jenna Styka, Kristyn Svetlak, Ricky Svetlak, Corey Williamson, Danielle Yuhas and 4-H King: Brandon Benson. Junior Fair Board advisor are Cindy Jasinksi, Kelly King, Sam Barnhouse, Tina Imburgia, William Wainio, Dean Ritchie and Kathy Moser. Also attending the conference were:Ward Campbell, senior fair board director and his wife Pam Campbell; Senior Fair Board Director, Bob Jarvis and his wife Rita Jarvis; Junior Fair Advisory, Dwayne VanAuker; and Manager of Mahoning County Junior Fair, Kimberly Moff.
Members and advisers along with Kim Moff, junior fair manager and Ward Campbell, senior fair board director, recently attended the 89th annual Ohio Fair Managers Convention and Trade Show in Columbus.
"Attending the Conference is important because it is a great opportunity for our Junior Fair Board members to build leadership skills, to learn and bring home ideas from other Junior Fairs to begin and build our own Junior Fair Board team, as well as represent Mahoning County Junior Fair and the Canfield Fair," Moff said. The Mahoning County Junior Fair Board is grateful to the Canfield Fair Senior Fair Board for providing such a great opportunity for our future leaders."
This years keynote speaker was Chris Spielman, a graduate from OSU and former two time All-American linebacker for OSU and All-Pro Professional Football player in the NFL. Spielman was inducted into the college football hall of fame.
"If you do everything with love, you can overcome anything," Spielman said.
After attending the group session members participated in other various workshops including, what it takes to be a better leader at the county fair and how to prepare for skillathons.
During the convention JFB members also had the chance to witness the crowning of the 2014 Ohio Fairs Queen, Kathryn Whinnery from Jefferson County.
"It is important for us as JFB to attend the conference to show our support for the program at the state level and to learn about upcoming programs, initiatives, regulations and events that would be open to us and to learn from other counties to improve our fair," said JFB member Addison Richards of Canfield. "On a personal level, there are many helpful seminars on leadership and character building, and how to apply it to being a leader at our fair."